What is Allopurinol (Allopurinol) used for?
Allopurinol-Apotex (Allopurinol) is an oral medication used as a long-term treatment for gout, to prevent kidney stones, or to treat other conditions that cause excess uric acid production. It operates by reducing the amount of uric acid produced in the body to prevent the formation of uric acid deposits or crystals. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Allopurinol (Allopurinol) ?
Strictly follow your physician's instructions while using Allopurinol-Apotex (Allopurinol) to ensure the safest and most effective results. The typical dosage is one tablet taken daily, but your individual directions will differ based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed with a full glass of water and taken after a meal to prevent nausea. You are also recommended to consume at least eight glasses of water during the day as the medication may cause dehydration. Never change the form of the tablets by chewing, crushing, or splitting them before use to prevent destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Allopurinol (Allopurinol) ?
Some patients using Allopurinol-Apotex (Allopurinol) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
More serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are joint pain, flu symptoms, urinary retention, severe tingling sensation, muscle weakness, sensitive skin, easier bruising, blood appearing in the urine, any sign of a skin rash, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Tell your physician about any symptoms you encounter that are intense or worrying to you. These may require lower doses or reduced frequency of administration to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not use Allopurinol-Apotex (Allopurinol) if you are allergic to its ingredients or if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose if you are elderly or if you have kidney or liver disease as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Allopurinol-Apotex (Allopurinol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.